Runners will to the Erringden and Wadsworth fells

RUNNERS will be taking to the hills on the evening of Thursday June 7, as the annual Hebden Bridge Fell Race gets under way.

The race, in its seventh year, begins in Calder Holmes park, starting at 7.15pm.

The route follows paths and tracks on to Erringden Moor, before the halfway point is reached at Stoodley Pike.

Then it is fast downhill running most of the way back to the finish at Hebden Bridge, where the first runners are likely to arrive after a little over 40 minutes.

Last year, both the men’s and women’s records for the course were broken, with Ben Mounsey returning in 42.37 and Helen Fines putting in a time of 51.48.

The race attracts runners of all abilities, and several runners last year recorded times of over 90 minutes.

There will be special prizes for the fastest male and female runners undertaking their first ever fell race.

Race organiser Andrew Bibby of Todmorden Harriers says it celebrates all that is best in terms of the local fell races. Arrangements are deliberately kept simple, with registration on the night only, starting from 6pm in Machpelah Mill (next to the entrance to Station road).

Prizes will be awarded afterwards in the White Swan pub, Hebden Bridge, when pie and pead suppers will also be available.

Todmorden Harriers are also helping club member Elise Milnes who is organising a Wadsworth Jubilee Fell Race on Sunday from Old Town, starting at 11am.

More information about the Hebden Bridge race can be obtained from the Todmorden Harriers website, www.todharriers.co.uk. Harriers are running every Wednesday in June from the Hare and Hounds (Lane Ends) in Old Town, 7pm, with new runners of all abilities welcome.